His love for the Emporium brought him back time and time again. As an employee of Kodak, he often ran up and down the East Coast. Whenever he could, even when it might’ve been out of his way, he’d stop in at the Emporium.
In 2005, he and his wife made a stop in York. His wife joked that his spending limit for this Emporium visit was $15,000. When checking out, he told the story to the previous owner, who said, “if you’re interested in the book store, let’s talk.”
That happened on Labor Day weekend. Jim and his wife took over the store on January 1.
His time at the Emporium since then hasn’t always been about cutting a profit but instilling the same love of reading that his mom encouraged in him as a child. It’s holding horror and science fiction days or bringing in authors for meet and greets.
Every week, he loads LifePath Christian Ministries up with used books, and another load goes to a hospital up in Harrisburg. Whatever he can’t sell or cannot use, he gives away.
“We do not throw books away. We do not burn them,” Jim says. “We find a good home for them.”